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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Hungry's sleepiness and constant hunger stops being cute once it becomes apparent that he wasn't just a lazy Big Eater. He was the runt of the litter. Hungry was sick and dying.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: There is in fact a short manga called "Nine Lives" with a similar concept of a cat reincarnating nine times... with lives eight and nine being the same owner. It also has just as much feels.
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  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Not only is the alleged animal abuse video from TMZ (which showed an apparently terrified dog being made to perform stunts in moving water) the most well-known thing about it, there are probably some who wouldn't have heard of the film without it. It resulted in the film receiving thousands of 1/10 votes on IMDb, before the movie had even been released. It's worth noting that the video of said event is heavily edited, and the people involved in the movie (including the author and director) as well as independent reporters who have viewed the full footage have all stated that the dog was neither harmed or traumatized (the claim is that he'd happily done the stunt several times before, and his hesitation was only due to approaching the pool from a different spot than he was used to). They admitted a mistake was made, but the TMZ video does not give the whole story. Unfortunately, the damage has already been done, and film still continues to have the stigma behind it.
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  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus of the film.

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